This Week's Events
Fri., Oct. 30---M Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Los Angeles---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 30---W Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 30---M Water Polo---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 30---W Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Los Angeles---7:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 31---M Water Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---12:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 31---W Volleyball---UCSD at Chico State---4:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 1---M Crew---UCSD at Newport Autumn Rowing Festival---7:30 AM
Sun., Nov. 1---M Soccer---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---12:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 1---W Soccer---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---2:30 PM
NO. 11 W-SOCCER GAINS CCAA TOURNEY BERTH; HOME FOR FINAL TWO
A pair of 1-0 home victories last weekend vaulted the 11th-ranked Women's Soccer team into the top spot of the CCAA's South Division...Now, with two home games to close out the regular season, the Tritons have an opportunity to seal their 10th consecutive South Division crown with a pair of wins this weekend...Cal State L.A. (13-2-2/10-2-2) one point behind UCSD in the CCAA South and third place Cal State Dominguez Hills (11-7/9-5), both of whom figure to be joining the Tritons in the CCAA Championship Tournament, Nov. 6-8 in Stanislaus, will furnish the opposition this Friday and Sunday...The Tritons come in 14-3/11-3...They defeated CSUDH, 2-1, in Carson, Oct. 16, but lost at CSULA, by the same score last Monday.
In each of last weekend's wins, UCSD got early goals off set pieces and made them stand up...Friday, looking just like it's drawn up in practice, junior Lisa Bradley flashed into the box unmarked and headed in freshman Hayley Johnson's corner kick at the 6:02 mark for the game's lone score...The Tritons came out slow and were outshot, 12-3, on the night but were never seriously challenged...Sunday, it was déjà vu as Johnson dinked a corner to sophomore midfielder Shelby Wong, got a return pass that she arced into the far corner of the net from 20 yds. out...This one was the tale of two halves...UCSD completely dominated the first 45 minutes and threatened the Bronco goal with regularity...The Tritons outshot CPP, 9-1, in the first half and had an 8-0 corner kick advantage...The second half, the Broncos upped the physical intensity and had UCSD on its heels much of the time but none of their offensive forays created any significant danger.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Coach Brian McManus.
Listen to Sunday's post-game comments from Hayley Johnson.
MEN'S SOCCER CLOSES WITH HOME PAIR THIS WEEKEND
Looking to end the 2009 season on a high note, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team (7-7-4) hosts conference powers Cal State L.A. (15-2-1/11-2-1) Friday and Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-5-1/9-4-1) Sunday... The Tritons are now mathematically eliminated from CCAA Championship consideration
Again playing well enough to win but coming up pointless, UCSD dropped a hard-fought, 2-1, decision to Cal State San Bernardino Friday on a foggy La Jolla night...The clubs battled through a scoreless first half with senior Peter Akman making four saves in goal, including one on a Coyote breakaway... CSUSB went ahead in the 69th minute on an outside-the-box laser by Obi Agwu but junior Shane Micheil knotted things six minutes later with a long range blast of his own...After a flurry in the box, the ball deflected to Jared Kukura who got it to Micheil...His strike from some 30 yds. out on the right side found the upper left corner, nosediving behind CSUSB keeper Arath De La Rocha... UCSD's joy was short-lived, however, as the Coyotes scored the game-winner at 84:50...Pascale's squad was outshot, 23-10, and Akman stopped eight balls on the night.
Sunday, Cal Poly Pomona came away with a 1-0 victory, a score in the third minute of the second half providing the difference...The Broncos had narrow edges in both shots (12-11) and corners (4-3) but the Tritons were simply unable to put pressure on the Pomona goal, particularly after Cal Poly took the lead.
NO. 2 SPIKERS RUN STREAK TO 13 STRAIGHT
Sporting a 13-match winning streak and a shiny No. 2 national ranking, the Women's Volleyball team (22-1/14-1) heads north for a dangerous pair of CCAA road outings, visiting Cal State Stanislaus (8-15/2-13) Friday and Chico State (19-6/10-5) Saturday...Coach Tom Black's unit remains tied with Cal State San Bernardino atop the CCAA standings while Stanislaus and Chico are 11th and fifth respectively...Three of UCSD's last five wins have come against ranked opponents.
Thursday in Carson, the Tritons made short work of last place Cal State Dominguez Hills with 13 players hitting the stat sheet in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-13) romp...Sophomore Hillary Williamson's nine kills were tops for the Tritons and senior Sylvia Schmidt added seven...UCSD piled up eight service aces with Williamson and Elaine Chen getting two apiece and libero Roxanne Brunsting had 15 digs.
Back home the next night, UCSD combined a .235 hitting percentage with 13 aces to stifle No. 22 Cal State L.A., 3-1 (25-23, 27-25, 24-26, 25-11)...Chen distributed her 49 assists well as four Tritons hit double figures in the kill department...Williamson had a stellar night, hitting .444 with a team high 15 kills...Schmidt (14), Katie Condon (12) and Julia Freidenberg (11) followed Williamson's lead with the latter posting a sparkling .579 percentage for the night...Condon and Janessa Werhane led the ace assault, firing three apiece...Brunsting accounted for 18 more digs, giving her 353 for the season, No. 10 on the UCSD single season list...She now has 777 for her career and figures to hit the career top 10 next week.
Hear Friday night's post-game interview with Roxanne Brunsting.
SECOND, FIFTH FOR CROSS COUNTRY AT CONFERENCE MEET
Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams came away from Saturday's 2009 CCAA Championships with mixed emotions--the women gaining confidence from a second place finish and the men looking to make amends following a disappointing fifth place showing...The Tritons have two weeks to ponder their next opportunity which will be the NCAA West Regional at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Oct. 24...The top four women's teams and the top three men's teams from that event will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships.
While second place behind defending champion Chico State and one notch above where the Tritons have wound up the past three seasons, was a solid finish for the UCSD women...It was even more encouraging given the fact they hardly turned in their best performance of the season... The Tritons' 84 points left them well back of Chico State (33) and provided a seven-point cushion over third place Cal Poly Pomona...Up front, sophomore Bre Schofield was her usual stellar self, clocking 22:13.5 over the 6K Beau Pre Golf Course layout in McKinleyville, outside of Humboldt...That was good enough for second place in the individual standings, just over 20 seconds behind winner Vivien Wadeck of Cal State L.A....Senior Marie Schaper, UCSD's next scorer, was more than a minute and a half back of Schofield, posting a time of 23:44.2 which put her in 18th place...Following Schaper were Elena Inouye (19th/23:45.1), Aaryn Kobayashi (24th/23:53/6) and Caprice Thompson (28th/24:07.9).
On the men's side, UCSD's first three runners were senior Mike Wright (26:22.7) and sophomores Jeremy Riley (26:33.0) and John Svet (26:39.2) who formed a 17-second pack but were slotted 21st, 22nd and 23rd...With sophomores Eric Baum (27:04.5) and Alex Corliss (27:13.9) snatching 31st and 34th respectively, the Tritons recorded a total of 119 points...While Chico State (20) and Cal Poly Pomona (53) were clearly 1-2, UCSD might have expected to place as high as third, team-wise, but were undone by Humboldt State's strong home course showing that lifted them into third and a superior front end finish that allowed Cal State Stanislaus to defeat the Tritons by one point.
MEN'S WATER POLO FACES LONG BEACH STATE, LMU
Hoping to break through with a victory against a top 10 opponent, Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo squad gets two chances this week when it heads to Los Angeles to tackle No. 8 Long Beach State and No. 6 Loyola Marymount...The Tritons are 11-11 overall after winning two-of-three on another road trek last weekend...UCSD is 0-1 against Long Beach State this season and winless in three tries vs. chief conference rival LMU.
In a contest that unfolded just the opposite of the two team's first meeting, Oct. 11, but had the same result, No. 7 host UC Irvine rallied to beat UCSD, 7-6, Friday night...In the previous meeting at the UCI Invitational, the Anteaters built a big lead and then held off a Triton comeback for an 8-7 triumph...This time, it was the Tritons who got the quick jump, going up, 4-1, at halftime... But the third quarter proved to be their undoing as UCI busted loose for four goals to tie things at five heading into the final eight minutes...The crazy third period included an ejection against UCSD goalie David Morton that resulted in sophomore Matt Kerchner in the cage facing a penalty shot...The two sides exchanged goals to start the fourth but UCI got the game-winner with two minutes remaining...Six different Tritons scored and Morton piled up 15 saves.
Saturday, UCSD found the win column twice, knocking off a pair of Division III foes...Seniors Steve Donohoe and Peter Gresham deposited three goals apiece in an 11-8 defeat of Claremont and then Morton had 12 saves while Bryce Madsen, Ryan Allred and Sean Roberts each tallied twice as the Tritons rolled to an 8-3 halftime lead en route to a 10-6 conquest of Pomona Pitzer.
SWIMMING & DIVING BEGINS WITH ROUT OF CLAREMONT
Winning 14-of-15 events on the men's side and 14-of-16 in the women's competition, the Swimming & Diving teams opened their 2009-10 campaign with convincing wins over Division III Claremont Saturday...Back at Canyonview Pool (after a lengthy closure), the Tritons overwhelmed the visitors 197-97 (men) and 180-115 (women)...Senior Dan Perdew, a three-time NCAA Division II champion, was one of numerous swimmers who made impressive debuts...He captured both sprints in excellent early season times, going 21.09 in the 50 freestyle and 47.14 in the 100 freestyle...University of Washington transfer Jerome Barnett-Woods won the 500 (4:42.78) and 1,000 (9:47.17) freestyles handily...Multi-event winners for the Triton women were junior Anju Shimura in the 100 (59.04) and 200 (2:06.66) backstroke and freshmen Katherine Tse, 50 (24.52) and 100 (53.18) freestyle, and Beth Dong, 500 (5:09.10) and 1,000 (10:29.81) freestyle.
Listen to Saturday's post-meet comments from Dan Perdew.
Listen to Saturday's post-meet comments from Alex Henley.
Read the website Q&A with senior Juan Pablo Carrillo.
FENCERS SHOW STRENGTH IN OPENER
Taking early aim at a sixth straight Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC), Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team steamed unblemished through four league opponents in a multi-dual event Saturday in Pasadena...The UCSD men pummeled Arizona State (18-9), USC (19-8), UCLA (20-7) and UC Santa Barbara (23-4) while the women rolled to victories over the same four rivals by scores of Arizona State (20-7), USC (24-3), UCLA (22-5) and UC Santa Barbara (24-3)...Going undefeated in 12 matches on the afternoon for the Tritons were Jonathan Ott and Christopher Bonner in men's sabre and Pilar Alicia in women's foil...Samantha Rojales (women's sabre) and Rose Rorcier (women's foil) were 11-1.
GOLFERS EIGHTH AT SONOMA STATE TOURNEY
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team concluded its fall season by splitting the 15-team field with an eighth place finish at the Sonoma State Invitational last week...In the rain-shortened event at Santa Rosa Country Club, Triton junior Keith Okasaki carded a sterling, one-over-par 145 (74-71) which tied him for eighth in the individual standings...Okasaki's performance keyed back-to-back rounds of 297 for UCSD and their overall total of 594 left them 16 strokes in the wake of first place Chico State...Sophomore Justin Gabbert's 149 left him tied for 28th and he was followed by senior Raj Samra (T33rd/150), sophomore Mike Tilghman (T40th/151) and sophomore Robert Morris (T49th/153).
NEWS & NOTES
Featured this week on UCSD's online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten, will be UCSD Men's Soccer Coach Jon Pascale, his junior midfielder Shane Micheil and third-year Triton Women's Basketball coach Charity Elliott with a report from pre-season camp...The show will be available for listening Wednesday afternoon.
The Men's Crew team will hit the water for the first time this fall at Sunday's Newport Autumn Rowing Festival in Newport Beach...Coach Zach Johnson expects to enter three boats in the Open Eight category...Among the anticipated opponents are Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC and UC Davis.
Last Sunday, the UCSD Women's Crew team hosted the annual Row for the Cure on Mission Bay...More than 130 entries turned out for the event and more than $20,000 was raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The next edition of UCSD's weekly dining hall promotion, Taste of the Tritons, will feature Women's Soccer players Anne Wethe and Sara Bolton... The duo will be serving their menu specialty, jambalaya, Thursday night at Roosevelt College's Cafe Ventanas between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.
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